It always amazes me that people can have such incredibly diverse opinions of the same book. You'd think good was good and bad was bad but... a guess a lot is in the eye ( or ear in this case ) of the beholder. Anyway, I totally agree with the last reviewer ("I believe the narrator's style and pacing works well") - the narrator was very laid back, but that's exactly what was needed. Overdramatizing would have ruined it. This is a reading not an overdone performance and, as such, it is done very well.
I listened to this book ( same reader ) on cassetes before I discovered Audible. Trying to juggle more than twenty cassettes on the car seat was quite an experience. But the book made it all worth it. In the future, though, I'm glad to say my tiny little Otis will take the place of all those cassetes. Anyway - No one can create charactors like Dickens - not then and not now. A wonderful book and a very good reading.
Frederick Davidson is the ultimate Jeeves reader. Wonderful!
I always listen to the sample reading before downloading the book. I don't want any big surprises. I've come across some "big name" readers who, for one reason or another did not sound very good - so I didn't get those books. Try before you buy!
In the case of Ben Hur, ok, I'm from New England, so the slight Yankee accent was rather comforting. And, accent or not, I thought the reading itself was very well done and the book quite inspiring. A big "thumbs up" from me.
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